CHANDIGARH INDEX




Neelam Mansingh
CONNOISSEUR: Neelam Mansingh

ART WORKS
It is not just jewellery and clothes for the up-to-the-minute woman. She is now buying art. Nirupama Dutt peeps into the collections of some women in the city for whom art works wonders
One just cannot do without women if one is an artist. The gallery owners are women, most art critics are women and even the collectors are women.” This is what Manjit Bawa said in reply to a naughty quip in days when he was hale and hearty (he has been invalid the past year following a heart stroke) and playing great stakes on the art scene with more than one pretty woman in tow.

Photo by Manoj MahajanGorgeously yours
After withstanding the test of time and feminism, traditionally-modern festival of Karva Chauth is attaining the proportions of a glamorous event even among the maidens in Chandigarh, says Saurabh Malik
She is all set to pray for him religiously, and gorgeously. Though city-based ramp model Minaz is yet to lay her starry eyes on the shining knight of her twinkling dreams, the heavenly maiden is already savouring the idea of observing a fast for him on Karva Chauth after paying obeisance to a beauty salon. After all, she — like so many others of her age — needs a reason to celebrate an occasion called life, elegantly and gracefully.

                                                                       —Photo by Manoj Mahajan

Midas touch
For all those who’ve been dismissing fashion as mere fluff, whimsy indulgence, here’s some news. Fashion, having descended from the haute ramps of cutting edge designers, has slowly crept into our daily lives.

Beauty Studio by Vidya Tikari
Shimmer & shine all the way

The time is right to doll up in dazzling attire and let the happiness of the wedding and the festive season light up your face. Wait no more as with a dash of shimmer with a matching iridescent liner, or a pumped-up rouge colour matching lipstick you are ready to play your part of a gracious guest or host. To catch up with all the party invites if you are wondering whether there are products that can double up or maybe triple-up as makeup, here is the to-do list.  

PEOPLE POWER
Poet rocker Patti Smith once wrote – “I was dreaming in my dreaming, of an aspect bright and fair … I awakened to the cry that the people have the power, to redeem the work of fools, upon the meek the graces shower, it’s decreed - the people rule.”

Cross-border cuisine
The explanation of the cook gets lost in the din as we media persons rush to the scene where tempting dishes with exotic names like Baruchi Dal, Yakhani Gosht and Khatte Pyaazwala Murg are laid down to savour. After all, with the cricket match just around the corner and so many Indo-Pak friendship programmes going on in the region, it won’t harm in acquainting ourselves with the culinary delights from across the border!

For the perfect Mrs India
It was a family affair of a different kind as hordes of beautiful women from the city putting their best foot forward at the selection rounds for Bombay Dyeing Gladrags Mrs India contest 2007, held at Hotel Mountview on Saturday. Cheered on by their families the contestants were under the watchful eyes of President Gladrags Beauty pageant, Ms Maureen Wadia. In her words it is a “contest for celebrating the married Indian women who their families are proud of.” The contest has been won by model Aditi Govitrikar, Jasmine Dsouza, Tania Soni, Naina Dhaliwal, Shilpa Reddy, and Shilpa A Singh.

TIME TO SHINE: Vying for the Gladrags Mrs India 2007 title

Vying for the Gladrags Mrs India 2007 title

Grandma's glitter
For so many present perfect city residents, it's back to the past. No wonder, they are pulling out grandmother's jewellery from the recycle bins of their memories, and the bank lockers, for adorning themselves during the Karva Chauth and other festivals. Just for them, a designer from Shimla has set up an exhibition of Victorian jewellery at Aroma Hotel in Sector 22. The two-day exhibition by Seema Puri is scheduled to continue till Sunday. Taking you around, Puri says: "The designs in jewellery have witnessed a glittering change over the past few years. Right, from heavy and chunky to intrinsic and lightweight! But now thing are about to take a full circle.

Vision of Le Corbusier
To celebrate the master architect-planner’s birth anniversary on October 6, the First Friday Forum organised a special programme of an audio-visual presentation on Le Corbusier: 20th Century’s Renaissance Man by Dr SS Bhatti, former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture. The event was sponsored by Havell’s India Ltd. at their head office in Sector-26. Dr Bhatti traced the development of “the man, who gave us Chandigarh, we all fondly call the City Beautiful, to become the greatest architect of the 20th Century.


SEPIA TONE: Le Corbusier with Pandit Nehru
Le Corbusier with Pandit Nehru

FILM REVIEW
Not so rocking

Tanuja Chandra, the director of Mahima Chaudhary starrer ‘Film Star’ is back with Sushmita Sen and Shiney Ahuja starrer ‘Zindagi Rocks’. Tanuja this time fails to deliver. The main attraction of this film Sushmita Sen is just average in her rock star role. ‘Zindagi Rocks’ is unable to hold the audience with its weak plot. Shiney Ahuja shows his versatility. Anu Malik’s music is quite different this time. Mudassar Aziz has penned good lyrics. ‘Zindagi Rocks’ which opened on Friday at Fun Republic comes from the banner of B.A.G. films.